The Crater Good

Big Picture Science: The Crater Good

It’s the moon or bust … again. Only this time the hardware may come from China. Or perhaps Europe. In fact, it seems that the only developed nation not going lunar is the U.S. Find out why our pockmarked satellite is such hot real estate, and whether it has the raw materials we’d need to colonize it.
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Develop new approaches to planetary defense, space weather and space resources with NASA FDL this summer: Application closing soon.
The NASA Frontier Development Lab (FDL) is looking for Planetary Science doctorate or post-doc researchers with an understanding or interest in one of this year’s problem areas
May 11, 2017
 May 1, 2017 – May 7, 2017
Where in the Worlds has SETI Institute Been? May 1, 2017 – May 7, 2017
A roundup of SETI Institute in the media, May 1, 2017 – May 7, 2017
May 11, 2017
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Machine Learning, Planetary Defense and More!
Hosted by the SETI Institute, NASA Frontier Development Lab (FDL) is an AI R&D accelerator that teams planetary and data scientists, adds leading edge technical resources and skills from the private sector and tackles knowledge gaps useful to the space program.
May 08, 2017
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Announcing the First-Ever SETI Institute Fellows
Director of Education, Edna DeVore, Senior Astronomer Dr. Seth Shostak and Senior Scientist Mark Showalter, were honored as the first “Fellows of the Institute” at a special VIP ceremony.
April 24 – April 30, 2017
Where in the Worlds has SETI Institute Been? April 24 – April 30, 2017
A roundup of SETI Institute in the media, April 24 – April 30, 2017
May 02, 2017
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Where are they now? From REU student to lead author of a peer-reviewed article in the Astronomical Journal: Sarah Blunt
April 27, 2017

News and Announcements

  Outburst of July gamma Draconids
Peter Jenniskens reports that the CAMS meteor shower survey stations in the Netherlands noticed unusually strong activity from the normally weak July gamma Draconids meteor shower (IAU shower number 184) in the night of July 27/28.
  Happy Anniversary, New Horizons
New Horizons flashed by Pluto one year ago, and uncovered an unexpected world of glaciers and plains.
  Evergreen Middle School Students present HiRISE Mars Research at Ames!
On May 25th, 2016, a group of sixteen 7th and 8th grade students from Evergreen Middle School in Cottonwood, CA, visited Ames Research Center to present the results of their year-long Mars research projects.
  Senior Scientist Cristina Dalle Ore will be at TEDx Bergamo, Italy
What is TEDx? The TEDx Program is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences.
  Watch Pascal Lee: Training for Life on Mars on CCTV show Full Frame
Planetary scientist Pascal Lee talks about training for life on Mars, right here on planet Earth.
  Watch Andy Weir: Mars Story on CCTV show Full Frame
Author Andy Weir talks about his best-selling novel, The Martian.
  Watch Nathalie Cabrol: Alien Hunter on CCTV show Full Frame
Exploration, whatever its focus, is limitless, multi-facetted, and exquisitely complex. The understanding of how and why planets evolve, whether they could have hosted habitats for life, how climate change impacts their habitability - and for Earth, its biodiversity - are questions that need to be addressed through a synergetic approach by looking at many different and complementary angles simultaneously.
  June 16 in San Rafael – Science on Screen with Dr. Pascal Lee
Dr. Pascal Lee will give an illustrated presentation about planning and preparation for the first human mission to Mars.
  Girl Scouts: Bridging at the Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridging is the biggest event of the year for Girl Scouts of Northern California. Over 6,000 girls, both local and out of state, walked across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge as they bridged from "Juniors to Cadettes" on April 30, 2016.
  Drone's Eye View of Mars
The easiest way to detect evidence of aliens is straightforward: just scrunch up your eyes and look for it.

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